WIN Minutes 2-05-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition


February 5, 2013


The Nenana Wellness Coalition is an alliance of representatives from various organizations, government agencies, community groups and individuals that meets weekly to discuss, evaluate, coordinate, consolidate, celebrate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.

There were 6 in attendance today, including:  Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Jeannie Bennet, Virginia Young, and David Poppe.

We enjoyed moose with barley soup, kim chee, farmstead cheddar cheese with club house crackers, and Ritz crackers with a variety of sliced cheeses and raisins & pecans for lunch.


WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT, by this week’s chair-person: Jeannie Bennet


PRAYER was sung by Tim Horn, A Prayer For the Children, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE


PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one addition to the agenda.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES: No minutes generated last week.





Nenana Health Fair: Our next health fair will be held Wednesday, March 27th, at Nenana City Public School, and will focus on youth health issues. Tim Horn, Virginia Young and Jeannie Bennet had a planning meeting at Jeannie’s house Saturday afternoon. Tim has agreed to be our site coordinator; thank you Tim! She has been in contact with the new Alaska Health Fair, Inc.  coordinator in Fairbanks and is in the process of filling out our site application. Tim has also contacted Wanda Haken and Ms. Jacobson at the school to let them know when the health fair will be, to see what students at NCPS would like to be health fair presenters. Some of the topics/possible presenters the planning committee discussed include: Joe Forness to teach gun safety; Clear Air Base to do Fire Safety; Bub Coghill for Public Safety (maybe bicycle safety?); Distracted Drivers; Healthy Relationships; Oral Hygiene; Suicide Prevention; Alcohol Abuse. Kat suggested they get someone to do blood sugar testing. The next planning meeting will be Friday at noon, at Jeannie’s house.





Suicide Prevention Council: Kat McElroy has forwarded a series of email between herself, Cynthia Erickson in Tanana and Eric Morrison from the State Suicide Prevention Council regarding a community dinner and suicide prevention meeting Mr. Morrison would like to hold in Nenana. He will be holding a similar event in Tanana at the end of the month and initial;;y had been trying to work with the community of Galena to do something similar but no one took leadership there so Cynthia put him on the us in Nenana as she was aware of how active WIN has been over the years. Robin has said that we can ask for the use of the tribal hall. February 26th is the most likely date; this was the day David Poppe was going to do an Envisioning Wellness presentation about Nenana Urban Farm as a dry run for his presentation at the SARE conference in Fairbanks in March. Perhaps he could be rescheduled to accommodate the Suicide Prevention Council. Kat will get back to Mr. Morrison on this matter.


Nenana Blood Drive. This is scheduled for next week Wednesday, February 13th, from 10 AM – 2 PM. People interested in donating blood should contact Susan at the school: 832-5464. Kat will bring soup and fruit. Bonnie will bring cinnamon rolls. Tim will bring fresh-made bread. We need volunteers for set-up and break-down.



WELLNESS THOUGHT:  Teach us delight in simple things, and mirth that has no bitter springs.                                                                                                       Rudyard Kipling



Tim: There will be a home game against Galena Thursday at NCPS with the girls playing at 6:30 and the boys at 8:00 PM. The team will travel to Ft. Yukon this weekend and then to Glenallen on Monday.

Thursday the 14th will be the community lunch at NCPS, starting at eleven.

February 189th Evalyn Verhagen will be presenting to us on food security and longtime food storage. The following week is David Poppe, Starting Where You’re At.

David: One of the roosters got brutalized to death by the geese who have gone broody and are wanting to hatch out their eggs.

Kat: Everyone is gone at Railbelt all week except for herself. The commission meeting last week was very busy, but productive.

Jessica: Caught us up on the CAST training she and Kat and Brianna attended the previous week. CAST stands for Coping And Support Training and is a highly scripted prevention model that utilizes 12 components delivered in twice weekly one hour segments to teach youth how to deal with stressors, modulate their emotions, create successful strategies for school, reduce substance use, and strengthen refusal skills and peer support. It is part of the prevention curriculum the school is utilizing for their new prevention grant.

Virginia: Will attend the Annual Peony Growers Conference and school to be held next week in Fairbanks at the West Mark. There will be presenters from Holland speaking to them about marketing. Check out the web site:

Jeannie: Friday will be the next Freecycle, a Spud-fest pot luck and family movie night, at the Civic Center, starting at 5:30 PM.


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